Now Samuel died. And all Israel assembled and mourned for him, and they buried him in his house at Ramah.
Comment: We’ve had a lot of detail of Samuel’s life. His beginning, even the emotional and sexual history of his parents is given us in Chapter one of this book He dies at the beginning of ch 25. We’ve heard of his boyhood, his excellent behaviour as a faithful judge, prophet and priest. We don’t hear much of him after ch 16, but we are left with the impression that although he is now in the background he remains faithful and a good godly man. He is dispatched with one short and one medium length sentence! But I think we sense the honour in which he was held in that ‘all Israel’ assembled and mourned him, as well they might. It is true that all of us will lay down our time history one day and maybe it is time to think what I and what you will leave behind. Samuel left a faithful life of honest service. May it be true of each of us. Not that, according to the Bible, we get into heaven by our good works, but it does say that we all will be assessed by the True Judge for the way we’ve lived.
Prayer: Help me to live a good life by Your principles, O God.